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Sunday January 13 2013
Serie A Week 20: Did You Know?

A Sampdoria-Milan freak occurrence, Andrea Pirlo's set piece specialty, Siena's new club record and Roma face a Catania curse among Susy Campanale's curious stats from Serie A Week 20.

Milan had not drawn 0-0 for 35 rounds, since visiting Napoli on February 5 2012. The Rossoneri had scored in 17 consecutive Serie A away fixtures for a total 39 goals. Sampdoria’s last goalless stalemate was on March 17 2012 in Serie B against Ascoli. In the top flight, they hadn’t drawn 0-0 since April 3 2011 away to Chievo.

The Diavolo have managed just one point from their last two League away matches. They have not won a Serie A game at Marassi since their 5-0 triumph on October 31 2007, followed by two draws and as many losses.

Parma have had more Serie A draws against Juventus than any other opponent, as this was their 15th stalemate. The Bianconeri have only won one of their last five League trips to the Tardini. The Ducali have notched up 11 wins and four draws on home turf since their defeat to Milan in March 2012, their best run since the 1992-93 campaign when they went 20 games unbeaten. Nicola Sansone marked his fourth Serie A goal in his debut season. Roberto Donadoni has never beaten Juve as a Coach, managing three draws from six attempts.

Juventus had not shared the spoils since a 0-0 with Lazio in November, registering eight wins and two defeats in all competition. Andrea Pirlo’s 50th Serie A goal was his eighth against Parma (his favourite targets) and 22nd from direct free kicks, overtaking Roberto Baggio in the record books of the last 30 years. He’s still one shy of Alessandro Del Piero and seven from Sinisa Mihajlovic. All five of his goals this season have been direct free kicks.

For only the second time in the last 11 years, Juventus failed to register a win in their opening two rounds of the calendar year. The other was in 2008.

Lazio notched up a fourth consecutive Serie A victory and extended their unbeaten streak to 10 wins and four draws in all competition. Atalanta are now without an away goal in 400 minutes of football, leading to six consecutive defeats on their travels between League and Coppa Italia, their worst run since May 2010. The Orobici have achieved one win at the Olimpico and seven losses in their last eight visits. Sergio Floccari’s 54th Serie A goal was his first since May 6 2012, Siena 0-2 Parma.

Edinson Cavani failed to find the net against his former Palermo teammates for the first time after four consecutive encounters on target. Napoli hadn’t notched up two consecutive home wins in all competition since October 28. Christian Maggio’s 32nd Serie A goal was his third in a row and the fourth against favourite targets Palermo. The Rosanero have conquered the San Paolo just once in 26 Serie A and B matches, back in 1951, losing 18. The Rosanero have failed to score in their last four visits.

Lorenzo Insigne scored his fourth Serie A goal on the day younger brother Roberto made his top flight debut for Napoli. Gokhan Inler set a new personal best with four Serie A goals this season.

Roma haven’t won at the Massimino since a 2-1 result in 1970, followed by four draws, three defeats and one 2007 victory achieved on neutral turf in Lecce. Zdenek Zeman has lost all four of his trips to Catania on the benches of Salernitana, Avellino and Roma. The Capitolini have now lost their last three away games on the bounce, scoring one goal and conceding six.

The Giallorossi only had two shots on target at the Massimino, fewer than they have managed in any game this season. It is only the second time Zdenek Zeman’s men fired blanks in all competition, the other being a 1-0 loss at Chievo on December 22, scoring 51 goals in the other 21 games. Catania had not scored for 295 minutes of football between Serie A and the Coppa Italia. Alejandro Gomez got his 13th Serie A strike, the fifth of the campaign setting a new personal best.

Fiorentina have a poor record at the Friuli, losing six of their last seven visits. That run was broken by a 1-0 victory in November 2009. The Viola had not lost two games on the bounce since March 2012. Stevan Jovetic marked his 100th Serie A appearance.

All of Udinese’s last nine goals have been scored by either Antonio Di Natale (who is responsible for six) or Luis Muriel. Di Natale went up to 167 career Serie A goals, one shy of Giuseppe Savoldi in 14th place for the all-time charts. He has now netted 149 for Udinese in all competition. The Friulani are unbeaten on home turf since their opening 4-1 defeat to Juventus on September 2.

Pescara’s last visit to San Siro was in March 1993 and also ended 2-0, so their record here is now one draw, four defeats and one 1987 victory in all competition. Antonio Cassano has assisted three of Inter’s last five League goals, while Rodrigo Palacio ended a domestic drought that had lasted since November with his 41st Serie A strike. Fredy Guarin has found the net seven times in all competition this season. The Nerazzurri have never lost once they have taken the lead in Serie A this season, ending up with 12 wins and a draw. Diego Milito marked his 200th Italian League match between Serie A and B with 116 goals.

Siena set a new club record with their sixth consecutive top flight defeat. Rolando Bianchi has scored four headers this term, more than any other player in Serie A. Matteo Brighi’s 22nd Serie A goal was his fourth against Siena, who are his favourite victims along with Palermo. This fixture had only ever provided a total of six goals in the previous three top flight editions.

Reginaldo scored his 19th Serie A goal, but all three this season have been away from home. Michele Paolucci was on target for his 17th top flight goal, the second in as many games.

Alberto Gilardino ended a six-round goal drought, having netted just one in his previous 13 games. It was his 22nd top flight brace and on 154 Serie A goals he overtakes Hernan Crespo in the all-time scorers’ charts. Manolo Gabbiadini got his fifth Serie A goal, four of them in the current campaign.

Bologna scored four goals against Chievo out of a total five shots on target. This is the second time this season the Rossoblu have won by a four-goal margin, the other being against Catania, something they hadn’t achieved in 50 years. Chievo had also lost 4-0 at the Dall’Ara in November 2007, but that was in Serie B.

Cagliari had been without a win since beating Siena 4-2 on October 31, followed by two draws and seven defeats, the last six losses being consecutive. Genoa haven’t drawn a Serie A fixture in Sardinia since a 0-0 in January 1994, followed by five losses and two victories. Marco Sau has scored seven goals in his debut top flight campaign, while Daniele Conti’s 33rd was his first since April 2012. Eros Pisano celebrated his debut Serie A goal at the 39th appearance.

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Have your say...
Daniel, i agree it was the same with signori. Playing every 3 or 4 days could be a problem. On the other hand theres no one more prolific than him. Every year he is at the top of the scoring charts. I would take him. Sacchi, maldini zoff, trap all should have taken baggio but didnt in tournaments lets not make the same mistake with antonio in next world cup.
on the 14th January, 2013 at 1:17pm
Milan were terrible last night. Only Montolivo & Di Sciglio put in a decent shift. Why did Allegri play Niang out wide? To compound things, crosses were going into the box when only the 5'7 Bojan was the target.

Sam, Di Natale is awesome, but my only concern would be his ability to play every 3/4 days. What really annoys me with Di Natale is how Italy has wasted his talent; Lippi & Donadoni playing him on the wing instead of through the middle. It was the same thing with Signori.
on the 14th January, 2013 at 10:31am
Di Natale is brilliant but I do not think he suits how Italy play very well. In each game he came on in the Euros Italy lost something in attack because he looks to spin in behind and does not hold the ball up. He scored against Spain but was poor thereafter. Unless he plays alongside a Balotelli type who can hold up the ball I think Italy's loses out. Also he is not as effective off the bench as say Pipo Inzaghi.
on the 14th January, 2013 at 9:38am
Im all for giving youth a chance but prandelli you cant not pick di natale. Hes an inspiration. No defense can stop him. He should have a lot more caps than hes got.
on the 14th January, 2013 at 12:37am
Di natale is truely world class. He will be 37 when world cup starts, but how can you not pick him. He scores goals for fun and creates chances. Yes age isnt on his side but who cares.
on the 14th January, 2013 at 12:29am

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